Spring on the City Pier and Boathouses, Canandaigua Lake

The Picture-Perfect Trail

New York’s Finger Lakes region is the perfect setting to practice your photography skills. In the era of selfies, digital photography, Instagram, and other photo sharing apps, we want to help you find the perfect Finger Lakes background for your picture-perfect life. With sparkling lakes, lush landscapes and vibrant sunsets, a photo opportunity is waiting around every corner.

Here are a few Instagram-worthy locations recommended by our staff and visitors.


Geneva Row Houses - Built in the 1800s, the Geneva row houses resemble the terrace houses of Boston and Georgetown. Put on your walking shoes and enjoy the architecture and lake views.

Seneca Lake from Lakefront Park in Geneva

Geneva Long Pier - Long Pier in Geneva is one of our truly favorite places to take a picture! On the way out, enjoy a spectacular view of Seneca Lake. On the way back, relish a panoramic view of Geneva's lakefront. It is a beautiful place to capture the weather traveling up the lake, or take in a sunrise or sunset.

Downtown Clifton Springs

The Village of Clifton Springs – The Victorian era is alive in this historic village that grew from the well-known benefits of the sulphur springs that run through the village. Focus on the architecture and historic aspects of this charming village.

Canandaigua Lake Boats in the Winter

Canandaigua Boat Houses - Located on the Canandaigua Pier, these rows of charming wooden boathouses have a distinct seaside charm and are an attraction for artists, tourists, and photographers.


Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area – From the hilltop take in the view that goes on for miles featuring rolling hills, Honeoye Lake, and on a clear day, the Rochester skyline.

County Road 12 Scenic Overlook Picnic

Carolabarb Park  - Overlooking Canandaigua Lake just north of Naples, the view catches sunrise and sunset, fall foliage and falling snow, summer sun and spring bloom. There simply is not a bad time to pull out the camera and capture the beauty of the Finger Lakes from this vantage point.